Mallets & Bench Hooks

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Project by Rafe Demers posted 08-21-2013 11:05 PM 3218 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a great summer in my little work shop. I had some time to organize and made a few tools and shop fixtures to make my life a little easier. I had a “to do” list for all the items featured and finally have the satisfaction of crossing them off and moving onto the next projects. The English Carpenter’s Mallet is made from a bundle of 4/4 oak I got for $3.00 at Woodcraft (still have enough for a couple more mallets). The Carving Mallet is Ash and it is 1 of my first attempts at turning. I have to say it is so nice using these 2 tools around the shop for assembly, joinery, adjustments and carving. My chisel handles are thankful too!
I made a traditional bench hook for cross cuts and a carver’s hook with a couple of cams. They are both made from Poplar and some recycled closet doors that came with the house. So far I have made 2 shop wall cabinets, my work bench shelf and the bench hooks out of those doors and I still have some left. I cannot believe how such simple shop fixtures have improved my techniques, not to mention saving my bench top (and fingers for that matter).

I have to say that being part of LJ’s has been extremely helpful to get ideas, inspiration and get me to step out of my comfort zone with my woodworking. Thanks to everyone, so glad I joined.


-- Rafe Demers

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#1 posted 08-22-2013 02:19 AM

Very nice work! I really like that carving hook. That is going on the must build list!

-- Steve

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#2 posted 08-22-2013 05:42 PM

Rafe, nice job on turning and the other builds. I’ve got to make a bench hook soon!

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 03:58 PM

Good looking projects! Great carving on beautiful forms. Such useful tools around the shop. Well done!

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 10:46 PM

Nice work, great projects, so useful!

-- David, Norwood Mass, [email protected]

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